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Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State on Wednesday, presented a brand new Toyota Prado (SUV) to Chairman of the Committee for the Creation of Ekiti State, Chief Deji Fasuan, at his residence in Ado Ekiti.

The governor reaffirmed his commitment to acknowledge and honour any citizen who demonstrates exceptional dedication to the progress and advancement of the state.

Governor Oyebanji emphasized that loyalty, dedication, hard work, and sacrifice are essential elements in nation-building. He stressed that individuals who demonstrate these qualities in their efforts to contribute to the greatness of Ekiti, both presently and in the past, will be recognized and rewarded.

The car gift serves as a continuation of the recognition bestowed upon Chief Fasuan by the immediate past administration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi. In 2021, the administration named a newly constructed secondary school in his honour and also conferred upon him the state’s “Oni Uyi” honour.

Governor Oyebanji, represented by his Deputy, Chief (Mrs) Monisade Afuye, praised Chief Fasuan as a leader who diligently collaborated with other dedicated Ekiti leaders in the establishment of the State in 1996, during the military regime led by Gen Sanni Abacha.

The governor while explaining the rationale for the honour added that Fasuan’s astuteness as a seasoned administrator who rose to the pinnacle of his career as a Permanent Secretary, his strong academic prowess, and knack for scholarship as a writer, had attracted honour and respect to Ekiti.

“Today’s occasion was specifically conceived as a way of rewarding excellence, hardwork, honesty, dedication, sacrifice and loyalty, which Chief Deji Fasuan had demonstrated at different times to our dear state.

“We could all remember how Chief Fasuan and other Ekiti leaders worked tirelessly for the creation of Ekiti State, which came into reality on October 1, 1996. He served meritoriously as the Chairman for the Committee for the Creation of Ekiti State.

“Apart from this, he had done Ekiti proud as a retired civil servant , journalist, academic, writer and publisher. Baba, we salute your industry and sense of loyalty to Ekiti State. We are really proud of you.

“What we are doing today is a testimonial to the fact that the current government is committed to rewarding any excellence and sacrifice displayed by our citizens towards making Ekiti grow and develop”,

Chief Fasuan in his response, commended the gesture, appealed to every Ekiti citizen to continually back Governor Oyebanji in his quests to make Ekiti the cynosure of all eyes politically and economically.

Particularly, the elderstatesman commended Oyebanji’s commitment to the values of hardwork and loyalty to Ekiti, which he said the Governor had demonstrated during the scramble for the state’s creation, where Oyebanji, then a young University lecturer, served as secretary to the committee.

Justifying the creation of Ekiti out of the Old Ondo State , Fasuan denounced the widespread view that it was a conspiracy against the sister state- Ondo, saying the battle was taken up upon realising that Ekiti had what it takes to stand and operate independently .

“Coming to my personal house to make this donation is very symbolic, because this is where the first meeting was held for the creation of our dear state. We had many daunting competitors in the Western Region then, but Ekiti had two things which others don’t have- total integrity and total commitment.

“That was why six of us were competing for one state in the Western Region, but Ekiti got it. integrity and total commitment, and not money landed us here. We thank God that we got it.

“Everybody knew the role played by Governor Biodun Oyebanji in that epic battle . He was the Secretary when I needed a Secretary most. No regret whatsoever for spearheading that battle. I wish that you young ones will be able to achieve greatness for this state with total integrity and commitment”, he said.

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